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A big chunk of stuff

The mass death of a consumer robot / Fist of Jesus, a short, bloody film / How Technology Changed Music / ‘”Ghost Tape Number 10“, an audio mix the US military used for psychological operations in the Vietnam War’ / … Continue reading

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Back and forth

The true, twisted story of the Amityville Horror / What We Know About the Navy’s UFO Problem / a 3D model of Apollo 11 / behind the scenes at the Summer Palace, Pricegore and Yinka Ilori / an archive of … Continue reading

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In Quotes

Three examples of culture sampling. The distinctly Benz-like vehicles of Bamin Automobile, at CarNewsChina (via Jalopnik) / a nice shout out to The Way of the Exploding Fist in the Black Mirror Trailer (1m21s) / more pop culture self-referentiality: Stranger … Continue reading

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Slight Return

The Library of Things – ‘why buy when you could borrow?’ This Guardian piece asks whether ‘borrowing everything from drills to disco balls cut waste and save money?’ It is certainly a tempting idea. Based in Oxford (a London branch … Continue reading

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Away days

Historical Times presents a collection of culturally important ruins / Mars in the Gobi Desert / how climate change deniers make themselves seem legitimate / Island living. See also The Gatekeepers, a photography project by Alex Ingram / Asia, through … Continue reading

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In memoriam

A 2015 project on gothic structure devoted a substantial amount of time to scanning Notre Dame, creating a precise 3D model. The project was the initiative of the late Andrew Tallon, who very tragically died just last November. His work … Continue reading

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Entropy online

A question seeking recommendations of examples of Post-post-collapse fiction, from where we get to Stand Still, Stay Silent, a webcomic about a Scandinavian future. We can’t vouch for the accuracy of the language tree, but it’s a beautiful image. At … Continue reading

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Echo Chambers

A short guide to Broadcast, retrofuturist pop & hauntological pop. See also this earlier collection of music loosely grouped as Folk Horror. There are endearing fictional diversions in the genre, such as Hereford Wakes, ‘a five-part ITV children’s drama originally … Continue reading

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Small snippets

Unrailed, a new game about an endless railway (via RPS) / crafty stuff and Hole and Corner / Barcelona from above / Cambridge from the rooftops / London as a leaky sieve of laundered property money / speaking of which, … Continue reading

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Air Train

Our horrid future, part 235. For the tech elite, luxury means getting away from what they created. Meanwhile, SF continues to descend into a social hellscape for anyone who isn’t wallowing in venture capital / surprisingly, there is still so … Continue reading

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Through the keyhole

This and that. A post about tracking digital ephemera / 30 Years of God Game History, a look at the evolution of Populous, Dungeon Keeper, Black & White, etc. / a leading animator admits to having Aphantasia: ‘Ex-Pixar chief Ed … Continue reading

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An alibi

From this question, Umberto Eco on photocopies: ‘Photocopies are indispensable instruments. They allow you to keep with you a text you have already read in the library, and to take home a text you have not read yet. But a … Continue reading

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Golden Rabbits (or hares…)

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Some things to listen to

Codex 99 has some fine in-depth design history reporting spliced with personal recollections, e.g The XB-70: My Dad and the Cold War, the story of ‘perhaps the most audacious plane ever commissioned by the Air Force’. Also the Box of … Continue reading

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Self-sufficient

The rotten side of self-publishing. The cheap schadenfreude of plagiarism accusations / Buster Keaton, Master Architect / animal photo art reference search / Armortek make scale metal models of historic tanks, with exceptional attention to detail / American public transit … Continue reading

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Look to the skies

More flying saucers: the National Museum in Qatar, by Ateliers Jean Nouvel / an installation in Paris by Japanese collective Mé, via Fubiz / stress testing: bending the Galaxy Fold / related, Testing, Testing, a great edition of the BBC’s … Continue reading

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A House Is Not a Home

In pictures: Kenyan artist Khadambi Asalache’s London house, available to visit through the National Trust. See also Stephen Wright’s House of Dreams in South London and, for a more deliberately contrived approach, Grayson Perry and FAT’s A House for Essex … Continue reading

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Crunch Time

Rediscovering Hampshire’s Wartime History at Urban Ghost Media / paintings by Suhas Bhujbal / paintings by Nancy Gruskin / music by The Ornament Birds / music by Coby Sey / Ettore Sottsass’s The Planet as Festival, the height of 70s … Continue reading

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Low

Down things today. A sobering look at The Last Days of Walter Benjamin’s Life / Mike Monteiro’s upcoming book Ruined by Design looks like it’ll be an essential read / a list of services and devices that have been (intentionally) … Continue reading

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A Gap in the Street

Wickham’s Department Store, on Mile End Road, was once known as the ‘Harrods of the East’, part of a city-wide network of grand shops, often family owned, that offered their customers practically everything under one roof. Wickham’s unusual punctured facade … Continue reading

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